Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States Themes

Helen Prejean
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The Death Penalty is Wrong

The entire book is dedicated to persuading the reader to the fact that the death penalty is wrong on Biblical, moral, and financial grounds, and this theme recurs throughout ever chapter. In many cases, Helen cites the rebuttals she gives to those who support the death penalty. For example, she says that the scripture, "an eye for an eye," is typically taken out of context and really calls for measured punishment in keeping with the crime. Helen cites the average cost of an execution as more than three million dollars because of the need for expert witnesses, appeals and extensive research, but says it costs less than six hundred thousand to keep a man in prison for life. Other times, Helen points out that the government, which is an imperfect body with human, fallible components and flawed ideals, should not be given the power...

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